By now, you’re aware of the news: Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has been accused of rape and sexual assault by multiple women, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowan and Asia Argento—the latter said Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her. As recently reported by the New York Times and the New Yorker, Weinstein, who co-founded Miramax and The Weinstein Company, has been paying off women for decades to keep them quiet after allegedly assaulting them. (A full timeline of the allegations can be found here.)
While the story keeps getting more and more disturbing, many former friends and colleagues of Weinstein have publicly denounced him and expressed disgust at his alleged actions. But there are some in Hollywood that just. don’t. get. it. From Lindsay Lohan to Ben Affleck, here are stars who have responded to the reports in super disappointing ways.
The Big Bang Theory‘s Mayim Bialik recently wrote a New York Times op-ed that had people talking for all the wrong reasons. “Being a Feminist in Harvey Weinstein’s World,” published on Oct. 13, discussed Bialik’s experience growing up in Hollywood as a young woman who never fit the conventional beauty standards of the industry.
“Those of us in Hollywood who don’t represent an impossible standard of beauty have the “luxury” of being overlooked and, in many cases, ignored by men in power unless we can make them money,” wrote Bialik. “I still make choices every day as a 41-year-old actress that I think of as self-protecting and wise. I have decided that my sexual self is best reserved for private situations with those I am most intimate with. I dress modestly. I don’t act flirtatiously with men as a policy.”
Social media users were unimpressed by Bialik’s piece, saying that she was blaming the victims rather than Weinstein for what transpired. Bialik responded on Twitter saying that “people have taken my words out of the context of the Hollywood machine and twisted them to imply that God forbid I would blame a woman for her assault based on her clothing or behaviour…It’s so sad how vicious people are being when I basically live to make things better for women.”
During a charity event in L.A., the host of The Late Late Show made a series of jokes relating to the accusations against Weinstein—making light of a situation that is no laughing matter. The crowd groaned as he referenced specifics instances from The New York Times investigation, as if they were funny and not incredibly disturbing.
— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) October 14, 2017
Some said it was “too soon” but TBH, jokes about sexual assaults are never funny. Numerous social media users—including Asia Argento and Rose McGowan, two of the women who allege that they were raped by Weinstein—called Corden out for his tone deaf and offensive comedy routine. The comedian has since apologized for his words.
After the disgraced film producer was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, director Woody Allen told the BBC that he feels “sad” for Weinstein. “The whole Harvey Weinstein thing is very sad for everybody involved,” Allen said. “Tragic for the poor women that were involved, sad for Harvey that [his] life is so messed up. There’s no winners in that, it’s just very, very sad and tragic for those poor women that had to go through that,” he added.
Allen has faced accusations of sexual assault himself in the past, including allegations of sexual abuse from his daughter Dylan Farrow. His son Ronan Farrow, who has publicly denounced his father, also wrote one of the most damning reports on Weinstein for the The New Yorker in which at least three women allege Weinstein raped them.
During a press conference at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea, Hollywood director Oliver Stone spoke out in Weinstein’s defence. “I’m a believer that you wait until this thing gets to trial,” he said, as quoted by The Hollywood Reporter. “I believe a man shouldn’t be condemned by a vigilante system. It’s not easy what he’s going through, either. During that period he was a rival. I never did business with him and didn’t really know him. I’ve heard horror stories on everyone in the business, so I’m not going to comment on gossip. I’ll wait and see, which is the right thing to do.”
It’s not easy what he’s going through?! What about the more than 30 women who are alleging he touched them inappropriately, met with them wearing only a robe, pressured them to bathe with him, sexually assaulted them and even raped them. What do you think they’re going through and have been going through?
The JFK director later tried to retract his comment on his public Facebook page and said that he will no longer be working on Guantanamo, a TV series that was being produced through The Weinstein Company.
Honestly, someone take away Lindsay Lohan’s phone. On early Wednesday morning, the 31-year-old actor posted now-deleted videos on her Instagram story defending Weinstein and saying she feels “very bad” for him right now.
“Hi, this is Lindsay Lohan, I’m in Dubai. I’m home,” she said in the vid, from, you guessed it, her home in Dubai. “I feel very bad for Harvey Weinstein right now. I don’t think it’s right what’s going on.”
If that wasn’t bad enough, Lohan, in a WTF British-esque accent, went on to say that Weinstein’s wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman, should stick with her hubby.
“I think Georgina needs to take a stand and be there for her husband… He’s never harmed me or did anything to me. We’ve done several movies together. I think everyone needs to stop. I think it’s wrong. So, stand up.”
lindsay lohan (and her whack accent) is defending Harvey Weinstein on her insta rn. GOODBYE TO YOU FOREVER. pic.twitter.com/aMzvAOXPYp
— lauren yap (@itslaurenyap) October 11, 2017
Fashion designer Donna Karan defended Weinstein on Sunday at the CinéFashion Film Awards saying that he and his wife are “wonderful people” and that women should think about how they dress if they don’t want to be sexualized.
“How do we display ourselves? How do we present ourselves as women? What are we asking?” the 69-year-old said to a reporter. “Are we asking for it by presenting all the sensuality and sexuality?”
Karan continued, “You look at everything all over the world today, how women are dressing and what they’re asking by just presenting themselves the way they do. What are they asking for? Trouble.”
The former DKNY designer has since apologized and said her comments were taken out of context, but does that even matter? Her initial reaction is super problematic and perpetuates rape culture. We’re not impressed—at all.
Donna Karan you are a DEPLORABLE Aiding and abetting is a moral crime. You are scum in a fancy dress pic.twitter.com/Vze7lnpdvj
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 10, 2017
The 45-year-old actor shared a statement on Tuesday saying he is “saddened and angry that a man who I worked with used his position of power to intimidate, sexually harass and manipulate many women over decades.”
Ignoring the fact that his brother, Casey Affleck, has been accused of sexually predatory behaviour and that he himself allegedly once groped a young Hilarie Burton’s breast, the father of three went on to say the allegations around Weinstein made him “sick.”
“The additional allegations of assault that I read this morning made me sick. This is completely unacceptable, and I find myself asking what I can do to make sure this doesn’t happen to others. We need to do better at protecting our sisters, friends, co-workers and daughters. We must support those who come forward, condemn this type of behavior (sic) when we see it and help ensure there are more women in positions of power.”
But his response wasn’t well received. On Tuesday, actor Rose McGowan—who the Times reported settled with Weinstein after “an episode in a hotel room”—said that Ben Affleck was lying in his statement because he was aware of Weinstein’s behaviour. As reported by the Times, McGowan confirmed to the outlet she told Affleck what Weinstein did to her.
@benaffleck “GODDAMNIT! I TOLD HIM TO STOP DOING THAT” you said that to my face. The press conf I was made to go to after assault. You lie.
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 10, 2017
On Sunday, the Wrap published a story by former New York Times reporter Sharon Waxman claiming that Matt Damon and Russel Crowe helped stop her 2004 story about Weinstein’s predatory ways from being published. Waxman, who was working at the paper at the time, wrote that the real job of Fabrizio Lombardo, the head of Miramax Italy from 2003 to 2004, “was to take care of Weinstein’s women needs, among other things.”
“After intense pressure from Weinstein, which included having Matt Damon and Russell Crowe call me directly to vouch for Lombardo and unknown discussions well above my head at the Times, the story was gutted,” Waxman wrote.
In an interview with Deadline on Tuesday, the Weinstein-backed Good Will Hunting actor denied knowing about the producer’s behaviour, and said the call Waxman said happened “was about a one-minute phone call.”
“Harvey had called me and said, they’re writing a story about Fabrizio, who I knew from The Talented Mr. Ripley,” Damon told Deadline. “Harvey said, Sharon Waxman is writing a story about Fabrizio and it’s really negative. Can you just call and tell her what your experience with Fabrizio was. So I did, and that’s what I said to her. It didn’t even make the piece that she wrote.”
Also if you’re shocked that Matt Damon is a piece of shit please revisit how he treated Effie Brown. https://t.co/nONd4DHfHA
— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) October 10, 2017
While Damon said he wasn’t aware of Weinstein’s abusive behaviour and “would have stopped it” if he knew, he didn’t outright denounce Weinstein, either. Damon also used the same “we need to protect our daughters and sisters” trope as Affleck without really saying a) I believe this happened and b) Weinstein is a bad guy.
“Look, even before I was famous, I didn’t abide this kind of behavior. But now, as the father of four daughters, this is the kind of sexual predation that keeps me up at night. This is the great fear for all of us,” Damon said.
“We know this stuff goes on in the world. I did five or six movies with Harvey. I never saw this. I think a lot of actors have come out and said, everybody’s saying we all knew. That’s not true. This type of predation happens behind closed doors, and out of public view. If there was ever an event that I was at and Harvey was doing this kind of thing and I didn’t see it, then I am so deeply sorry, because I would have stopped it.”
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